Archives: CJ Staff

  • Pipeline investigators: Cooper abused office to get mitigation fund

    This is a developing story. Investigators hired by the General Assembly concluded that Gov. Roy Cooper used the power of his office to pressure developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline into creating a $57.8-million discretionary fund as a condition of getting an environmental permit for the pipeline. The conclusion came…

  • Congressional redistricting group to meet Tuesday

    An 18-member legislative committee will start work Tuesday, Nov. 5, on a new N.C. congressional map for the 2020 election. A court called for the new map one week ago. The interim Joint Select Committee on Congressional Redistricting meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Legislative Office Building in…

  • Lawmakers finish most legislative business with hectic week

    The 2019 session of the N.C. General Assembly began Jan. 9, both in the House and the Senate. The session ended on Halloween, which was Wednesday, Oct. 31. Lawmakers left without a budget, failing to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto, which came in June. To date, Cooper has…

  • Former GOP state Rep. Bryan to complete Bishop’s term in Senate

    Rob Bryan is returning to the General Assembly. This time as a member of the state Senate. The Mecklenburg County Republican was picked Thursday, Sept. 26 to complete the term of Dan Bishop, who won election Sept. 10 to fill the vacant 9th U.S. Congressional District seat. The county’s GOP…

  • Physician Jones pegged to take open Pitt County House seat

    One doctor will succeed another in the N.C. House of Representatives. Dr. Perrin Jones, an anesthesiologist from Greenville, was picked Monday by the Pitt County Republican Party Executive Committee to fill the term of former state Rep. Dr. Greg Murphy. Murphy, a urologist from Greenville, won election Sept. 10 to…

  • Maps detail redistricting ruling’s potential impact

    A three-judge N.C. Superior Court panel’s ruling Tuesday, Sept. 3, in Common Cause v. Lewis will force the N.C. General Assembly to redraw state House and Senate election maps. The decision will affect House districts in 28 counties and Senate districts in 21 counties. The court order says…

  • Unanimous three-judge panel throws out N.C. House, Senate districts

    A three-judge N.C. Superior Court panel has tossed out North Carolina’s election maps for state House and Senate districts. The court has ordered state lawmakers to draw new maps in two weeks. The state Senate’s top leader responded by saying legislators “intend to respect the court’s decision and finally put…

  • Cooper signs pay hikes, vetoes Medicaid transformation bill

    Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the 36th bill of his administration Friday, Aug. 30, rejecting legislation funding the transformation of Medicaid to a managed-care model. He also signed into law five bills, including four raising salaries for state employees, corrections officials, and other law officers and…

  • Cooper vetoes bill requiring sheriffs to comply with ICE detainers

    Gov. Roy Cooper issued the 33rd veto of his administration when he rejected a bill requiring N.C. sheriffs to cooperate with federal immigration officials before they release inmates held in local jails. Cooper vetoed House Bill 370 Wednesday, Aug. 21, the day after it passed the House along party…